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Markham Challenges in the Battle of the Buildings Competition

Battle of the Buildings Competition

From January 1 to June 31, 2016, the City is challenging its community centres and administration buildings to partake in Markham’s Battle of the Buildings competition – an annual competition that challenges participants to reduce electricity consumption. Each participating facility is challenged to reduce their cumulative electricity consumption by at least 15% and to keep these savings going year-round.

Team Markham will be competing against 6,500 other participating companies and organizations across the United States and Canada.

Help your community centre win by:

  • Taking shorter showers in the change room;
  • Turning off lights when leaving a meeting room;
  • Taking the stairs rather than using the elevator;
  • Dress according to the weather to ensure that you're comfortable with the temperature;
  • Report energy leaks such as water leaking from showers;
  • Use natural lighting instead of lightbulbs if possible;
  • Share the energy conservation tips and ideas with your family and friends.

Be an energy conservation champion at home! Saving energy keeps your hydro bills lower and positively impacts the environment. Do your part by adopting our tips and tricks in to your day-to-day routine.


2016 Scoreboard

Below is a list of the participating facilities and their percent saved each month.

Facility Name January February March April May June Total
Angus Glen Community Centre -5.01% -8.41% -11.72% -3.32% -10.39%    
Centennial Community Centre -6.52% -5.52% -3.83% 1.4% -11.63%    
Cornell Community Centre -5.24% -11.99% -14.75% -15.47% -22.38%    
Milliken Mills Community Centre -10.54% 0.01% -0.58% 3.08% -9.88%    
Thornhill Community Centre 6.96% 2.62% 4.83% 7.95% -4.99%    
Civic Centre -4.86% 7.43% -14.87% -5.41% -5.42%    
Armadale Community Centre 14.69% 5.95% 6.54% 2.24%      
Crosby Community Centre 3.73% -1.2% 2.92% 23.19%      
Markham Village Community Centre 0.72% -6.31% -1.61% 32.35%      
Clatworthy Community Centre -22.96% -24.33% -0.01% 1.97%      
Mount Joy Community Centre -6.39% -3.57% -4.92% -3.30%      
8100 Warden -0.51% -10.19% -4.63% -14.38%      

Note: facilities with real-time meter data is presented sooner than facilities that only have paper billing.



At the beginning of 2015, students Jeff Broadbent and Sean Bellamy from Durham College’s Energy Management & Sustainable Building Technology program in collaboration with the Corporate Energy Team, planned and executed a corporate building energy performance competition for the City of Markham. This competition named “The Battle of the Buildings” took place across Markham’s community centres.

The 2016 competition is even bigger and better than 2015! In 2016, the Markham Civic Centre and 8100 Warden joined the competition, data processing is quicker with real-time metering, and the competition is extended to 6 months! Our goal is to achieve a 15% (or better) reduction of building electricity usage relative to a 2015 baseline. Facility staff, operators, and participants will then compete to see who can reduce their usage by the greatest percentage using low/no-cost operation changes.

We are hoping to inspire building users to take ownership of their building’s energy performance and promote awareness of energy efficiency. Battle of the Buildings has a strong intent to educate and motivate community centre occupants, change their operational habits, and reduce building energy usage, resulting in significant cost savings. It is hoped that the measures adopted by facility users during the competition will remain and improve long after the competition has concluded.


2015 Winners

Certificate Overall % Reduction Winning Facility


Overall Winner

Markham Village CC


At least 15%

Cornell CC


At least 10%

Milliken Mills CC


At least 5%

Thornhill CC